Jumilla, Juan Gil, Monastrell, Spain

Monastrell and Mourvedré are one in the same, and like growers in southern France, the Spanish have discovered the value of their old vineyards. This chewy, but still structured wine is warm and earthy with touches of leather all packed into a concentrated rich dark red fruit package. However, unlike so many others, this wine is rich, deeply fruity and powerful, but not overblown or blowsy. I enjoyed this wine over three days, so some short term aging is fine, but probably not absolutely necessary as this is a wine wearing all of its charms up-front. It was a great match with some smoky homemade sausages from my local butcher. From 40-year-old vines.